Motorcycles and EMP

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Quigley_Sharps, Nov 10, 2014.


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  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Thinking about buying a dirt bike to use after a EMP.
    If I were to buy like a older XR650 what items would be needed to put in a Faraday cage to install after?
    Also I was thinking about a Metal garden shed and turn it into a Faraday cage store the whole bike in.
    any ideas ?

     
  2. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    there is a few threads on here about the cages and what people are or want to use for them ..
    And it seems the conversations start getting heated over what will work or not .. i am still a little confused on what will actually work ...
    So im looking forward to seeing the responces!!!
     
  3. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    I would look at something OLDER, that didn't have Electronic Ignition... No Modules, or anything, but Points and Relays.... An old Harley Pan-Head, or Knuckle-Head Engine in a Light Frame... That makes an EMP Proof Transportation Machine....
     
  4. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Kawasaki 650 has the electronic ignition, no fly by wire or fuel injection. Charging system in most have at least diodes.

    Best bet is a Metal shipping container as a garage.

    OTOH, some older Brit bikes still used a FBM magneto into the 60s.
     
  5. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Thanks BT, this needs to be an off road on road bike, have amnt range i have to go to get home.
     
  6. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    The KLR Kaw?
     
  7. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Yes the KLR is the 650 single, carb type non abs just a solid bike.

    Easy to lower to a decent height too.
     
  8. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    I have thought about the KLR over the last couple years , finally rode my brothers a month ago. It will fit the bill. So keep a spare electronic ignition for it?
     
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  9. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Yes and check on the charging system.

    I've been looking into it also.
     
  10. mysterymet

    mysterymet Monkey+++

    How about a russian made ural?
     
  11. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Bad plan, failure prone bike. On the other hand, if wrenching is a good thing to do that you like, look closer. A quick google search will uncover all the not so good to go with the "joys" of owning a mechanic's wet dream. I was looking into getting one of those myself, but the downsides ruled it out.
     
  12. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Pick up an old BMW instead, more reliable, more class.

    I think my brother may still have his old 60s Air Head.
     
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2014
  13. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

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  14. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    I see the CDI, Rectifier, coil, what about the sensors and relays?, like the crank sensor?
     
  15. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    i was told on here that the metal shipping container wont wor cause of the door seals vents and wooden floors ...
     
  16. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Most sensors are hall effect type and maybe some of the 2- wire variable reluctance sensor or other type of solid state device, so yes.

    Relays? Important ones such as start or coling fan.
     
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2014
  17. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Not all containers are equal.

    Doors often have a shaped edge and they capture the seal in a channel that is easy to protect with a wire mesh. Floors? Buy metal.

    EMP is best protected by 180 degree turns and wave guides.
     
  18. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    thats what i thought ... i was told otherwise...
     
  19. Homer Simpson

    Homer Simpson Monkey

    Most Japanese bikes switched to electronics during the 70's, some in to the early 80's. Some of the 80's bikes can be retrofitted to the 70's points systems, if there was no major engine redesigns in between.

    Not an off road bike, but I know the XS650 Yamaha can be retrofitted to points, or earlier models fitted with late model electronics.
     
  20. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Ah heck, Quig... Just go dig up an old Honda90 TrailBike, and be done with it....
     
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